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WEDNESDAY EDITION: 145.130 in Gloucester fully functional after 3 months and $8000. We are located at the top of the tower. I heard check-ins from Salem, NH and Wells, Maine as well as all over the north shore in MA yesterday. We are going over this morning to loosen up the squelch on the Kenwood 850 repeater but have to bring the computer and programming cable to do it.

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We added the top brace to stop the antenna from swaying in the winter winds which regularly peak 80+ mph in the winter months..

TUESDAY EDITION: We spent 12 hours at the cell tower yesterday and finally installed the new hardline and antenna for 145.130. The height turned out to be 165 feet, we went up ten feet and coverage should be great. We are running a Kenwood repeater and Henry amplfier at 100 watts and 91 watts out of the duplexer.....Radio antenna basics video...

The last solar storm was so severe that it sank to the ocean floor

Canada’s deep sea instruments detected major disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field.

The beginning of May was a highly stormy period for our Sun.

A powerful solar storm lit up skies worldwide with mesmerizing and intense aurora displays. Surprisingly, its impacts were felt far beyond our planet’s atmosphere, even at the bottom of the ocean.

Ocean Networks Canada’s instruments based deep beneath the ocean’s surface detected major disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field.

These instruments, which function as underwater observatories, are located as deep as 1.6 miles (2.7 kilometers) below the ocean’s surface. These mainly serve as magnetic compasses to monitor the ocean off the coast of Canada.

ONC’s undersea observatories were able to record the impacts of the intense solar storm that influenced Earth in May. The data indicated “temporary distortions” in Earth’s magnetic field, showing how far-reaching these solar events can be.

“The reach of these data recordings kilometers under the ocean surface highlight[s] the magnitude of the solar flare over the past weekend and suggest[s] that the data may be useful for better understanding the geographic extent and intensity of these storms,” said Kate Moran, ONC president, and CEO.

Data anomaly

Solar storms or geomagnetic storms occur when our host star emits massive bursts of energy in the form of solar flares and coronal mass ejections. The rapid stream of particles interacts with the Earth’s magnetosphere, resulting in auroras. 

Apart from auroras, these storms may disrupt satellite communications and potentially impact power grids and navigation systems.

The underwater observatories are located on Canada’s west and east coasts. Compasses at a depth of 25 meters revealed movements ranging from +30 to -30 degrees, confirming the solar storm’s tremendous influence even at such remote depths.

Compass data captured by ONC’s major cabled subsea observatories VENUS and NEPTUNE off Vancouver Island, at Burrard Inlet on the Pacific Coast, and at Conception Bay on the Atlantic coast shows the magnetic field distortion occurring during a solar storm from May 10-12 (UTC), 2024. ONC

Detection of solar storm

The ONC researchers noticed anomalies in the data during routine quality control checks. Initially, they were considered to be caused by an earthquake. 

 “I looked into whether it was potentially an earthquake, but that didn’t make a lot of sense because the changes in the data were lasting for too long and concurrently at different locations,” said Alex Slonimer, a scientific data specialist at ONC. 

“Then, I looked into whether it was a solar flare as the sun has been active recently,” added Slonimer.  

Indeed, the data variation was linked to magnetic disruptions caused by solar storms. The scientists discovered that the peak deviations in the compass needles coincided with the most active and colorful auroras.

“The next two years will be the peak of the 11-year solar cycle. After a decade of relative inactivity, aurora events like this past weekend are likely to become more frequent over the next couple of years, although solar variability makes precise prediction of such events impossible,” said Justin Albert, professor of physics at the University of Victoria, which leads ONC initiative.

“ONC’s network might provide a very helpful additional window into the effects of solar activity on the Earth’s terrestrial magnetism,” Albert concluded in the press release.

The data collected by these underwater observatories may provide crucial insights into how intense solar atoms impact the surface of the Earth. However, it is unclear if these disruptions influenced marine life. Perhaps these revelations may open a new research topic. 

 

We have not heard from TenTec in years and this is what they come out with at Dayton...WTF

MONDAY EDITION: TenTec announces a new antenna, a dipole with adjustable length legs with lead weights pulling it down, you have to be shitting me. It looks like a high school project gone wrong....Picture this thing working in New England in the ice and snow. TenTec also announced the new Omni 8, in the $2000 range coming this fall (yea right).  They never completed and produced the last radio they announced at Dayton a few years ago...Maybe this whole thing was an April Fools joke late!

For you fight fans, the 6'9" Tyson Fury fight was a beauty the other nght, he lost by split decision but clearly got his ass whipped by the tough smaller Ukranian Usyk. Looking forward to the Mike Tyson spectacle this summer, I always have been a big boxing fan.

what could go wrong....

HAMFEST

XENIA, Ohio (WDTN) — One of the world’s largest amateur radio conventions returned to the Miami Valley this weekend.

“Hamvention” 2024 took place this weekend on May 17-19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. The event includes a wide array of award-winning guest speakers and experts discussing all things amateur radio.

“In years past, sometimes we’ve had inclement weather, but people just roll with it,” Kalter said. “We’re very excited that people didn’t get deterred by that at all. It’s amazing, today, yesterday’s turnout. It was tremendous.”

Thousands of people attend the event from across the nation and across the world. Kalter says he’s met people from India, China and more this weekend.

“Hamvention is a very interesting event, it brings people from all over the world. We all talk to each other, we meet on the radio and we get to become friends who will meet here,” Kalter said.

WEEKEND EDITION: Nothing new here....enjoy the rainy weekend and play a little radio

2024 ARRL National Convention Kicks off at Dayton Hamvention

By: Sam Shaner, KE1SAM

A massive turnout of hams of all ages are flocking to numerous attractions at the 2024 ARRL National Convention, hosted at Dayton Hamvention®. Local scattered showers don’t seem to be raining on this parade; outside Tesla Building 2, seemingly miles-long lines of attendees wait for their orders of pork tenderloin sandwiches, hand-sliced gyros, burgers, and corn dogs. Inside, there is little elbow room to be had at the ARRL exhibit area.

One popular corner is the display of several ARRL publications, some of which are hot off the press. Attendees take turns thumbing through the 19th edition of Hints and Kinks, The POTA Book, and ARRL’s Tech-through-Amateur Extra license manuals. Meanwhile, merch like sweatshirts, mugs, and pins are flying off the shelves.

Back-to-back forums in Forum Room 3 are bustling with activity as well. ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, gathers a sizable crowd to hear his presentation on the partnerships between Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) groups, Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) groups, SAFECOM®, and CISA, in addition to the continued positive relations with served agencies at state, regional, and federal levels. Forum Room 3 had fewer and fewer empty seats as the day progressed, as Johnston’s talk was followed by ARRL National Instructor Gordon West, WB6NOA’s, engaging overview of instructor technique – how best to teach prospective hams in an accessible and fun way. Gordo’s forum was a sensible segue into ARRL Education and Learning Manager Steve Goodgame’s, K5ATA, deep dive into the many ways amateur radio science is not only making its way into schools but leading to unprecedented youth licensing.

As the afternoon rolled in, skies cleared and many more gathered at the event. Finishing touches are being placed on the ARRL Youth Rally, scheduled for Saturday. Dozens of young people are expected to participate.

36th Annual Hermon Hamfest - June 1st 7 AM

Hermon High School, 2415 US-2, Hermon, ME 04401
Rain or Shine!!! 7:00 AM for tailgaters & 8:00 AM for all others
Admission is $5.00 (12 & under FREE) -- Exam fee is $15.00. Just coming for the
Exam? No admission needed unless you plan to stay before or after testing.
Planned Events:
- License testing: all classes at 10:00 AM ***No Walk-Ins for ham testing***
Register at hamstudy.org
Email Pete Bither -AI1O to pre-register
- Great Food--
- 50/50 raffle--
- Door prizes --
- Tailgaters --
- QCWA meeting after Hamfest at a local restaurant -- (1:00 PM)
- Antenna launcher competition --
Talk-in is on 146.940 -0.600 offset and a 136.5 tone.
Contact Jerry - K1GUP if you have any questions.

POTA EVENT

Jeff Hanscom KA1DBE, president of the Ellsworth Amateur Wireless Association
and Assistant Section Manager, is organizing a state-wide POTA activation for
Maine. The selected date is Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Clubs and individual hams are asked to activate a state or federal park on that
date. This will be widely promoted to give POTA fans far and wide a heads up to
work Maine parks on that day. What a fun event this can be for yourself and
club members. ARES teams and other groups are also encouraged to join in the
fun. There are 32 state parks, 4 national parks, and a multitude of national
wildlife areas and other entities in Maine that can be activated.
Check out parksontheair.com for rules, a map and other details of sites near
you. Direct any questions to Jeff - email j.hanscom@gmail.com

Amateur Radio Newsline Report

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POWERFUL SOLAR STORM BRINGS AURORAS, SHUTS HF COMMUNICATION

JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newscast with a look at the monumental solar flares that struck us here on Earth -- a storm with a magnitude not seen in more than 20 years. We have details from Randy Sly, W4XJ.

RANDY: The sun erupted in a series of powerful geomagnetic storms that began on Friday the 10th of May and continued into the following week, generating spectacular auroras seen around the world and all but shutting down HF radio communications. Satellite systems, including the massive Starlink constellation, reported degraded operating conditions and space scientists told satellite operators that their orbits could be unexpectedly altered. At the outset of the storm, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expressed concern over the impact the magnetic disturbances would have on power grids and navigation systems.

This was the first solar burst of its kind in more than two decades, emerging as the first G5-level solar storm since 2003. Curtains of light could be seen shimmering from the aurora borealis to the north and the aurora australis to the south as the Earth's magnetic field became charged with overwhelming infusions of the sun's energy.

While the visuals were dazzling, HF propagation was anything but -- and it challenged amateur radio operators who, in spite of it all, managed to still get on the air, with some finding the 6-metre band more hospitable.

National Public Radio quoted scientists as saying that the storm's radiation could disrupt some low-altitude satellites' orbit by adding to atmospheric drag and cause direct damage to satellites at higher altitudes. NOAA space scientist Rob Steenburgh told NPR that the International Space Station's position inside the magnetosphere would keep it largely protected.

The storm also had a personal impact on Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW, the Space Weather Woman, to whom many hams turn regularly for solar predictions. On Sunday, May 12, en route to co-directing a space weather school in Italy, she witnessed the aurora as a steady view outside her airplane window. She posted on social media: [quote] "It's my first time seeing it with my own eyes. Words do not do justice." [endquote]

This is Randy Sly W4XJ.

(AP, NPR, CNN, SPACEWEATHERWOMAN)

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NORTHEAST INDIAN HAMS HOLD FIRST DISASTER DRILL

JIM/ANCHOR: Hams in one state in northeast India took a big step recently by staging their first disaster drill. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has those details.

JASON: Amateur radio operators in the northeast Indian state of Nagaland participated in an unprecedented and comprehensive mock disaster exercise in cooperation with state authorities.

The May 9th drill was designed to sharpen disaster-management skills and create greater resiliency in the state, especially in regions where conventional communications, such as cell service, can be disrupted by disaster.

The exercise was the result of a collaboration between the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority and Open Source Classes for Amateur Radio India, also known as OSCAR India. OSCAR India is a programme of the All India School of Management and Information Technology. OSCAR India had worked in late April with the Nagaland disaster management officials to prepare as many candidates as possible to sit the ham radio exam being offered by the Ministry of Telecommunications later this year.

Johnny Ruangmei (ROO ANG MAY), the state disaster authority's joint chief executive officer, told the media that Nagaland can now count itself as one of the first states in India to formalize a robust system of disaster communications.

This is Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

(NAGALAND POST, AKASHVANI NEWS)

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EARHART SPECIAL EVENT HONORS SILENT KEY IN IRELAND

JIM/ANCHOR: A special event station held each year in May in Northern Ireland is paying tribute to two people this year: the famed pilot, Amelia Earhart and a local radio amateur who recently became a Silent Key. We hear more from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: The activation of special event station GBØAEL this month is linked to two dates that are significant for the North West Amateur Radio Group in Northern Ireland. The first is May 21, 1932. the day that aviator Amelia Earhart began her transatlantic flight - one that would end hours later in Ballyarnett Village, Northern Ireland. The club marks the occasion every year with the activation - with AEL standing for "Amelia Earhart Legacy." The club states on its page on QRZ.com that it will be operating from the field where the pilot made her historic landing - and will make an extra effort to operate this year on frequencies that are open to General Class operators in the United States. For other information and QSL details, see QRZ.com

The other meaningful date is a personal one for the club. It is May 7th, 2024, the date a beloved friend and club member Gerard Radcliffe, GI7VZW, became a Silent Key. The special event is dedicated to him. The club writes on its QRZ.com page: [quote] "Good DX Gerard from your club mates and friends at MNØNWG." [endquote]

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(QRZ.COM)

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NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE URGES PREPAREDNESS

JIM/ANCHOR: In the United States, the Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially began on Wednesday, May 15th and the Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1st. It's time for radio operators to prepare, as we hear from Randy Sly W4XJ.

RANDY: The National Weather Service designated May 5th through the 11th as Hurricane Preparedness Week in the United States, reminding vulnerable areas of the country that tropical cyclones are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. Just one storm can permanently change a community.

During the week, daily public information statements, along with educational and preparedness information, were posted on websites as well as social media. Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, Net Manager for the Hurricane Watch Net, told AR Newsline that they used Zoom for meet-and-greet times where all members, new and veteran, were able to get to know one-another better. The group also discussed the various challenges they might face during activations. One of the more recent concerns they talked about was - you guessed it - solar storms and communications blackouts.

The number of hurricanes predicted this year is far above average.

This is Randy Sly, W4XJ.

(NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE)

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DEADLINE SOON FOR AMSAT DIRECTOR NOMINEES

JIM/ANCHOR: The deadline is fast approaching for you to submit the names of candidates to fill seats on AMSAT's Board of Directors, as we hear from Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

NEIL: Amateur satellite enthusiasts who belong to AMSAT have until the 15th of June to submit their nominees to fill the three seats of incumbents on the AMSAT Board of Directors. The two-year terms are expiring this year for Mark Hammond, N8MH; Bruce Paige, KK5DO and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM. The election will be held in the third quarter of this year.

Written nominations must contain the name and callsign of the nominee as well as their contact information. As nominator, you must include your own name and callsign as well as your contact information. The written nominations can be sent by email or postal mail to the AMSAT secretary, Jeff Davis, KE9V, at Post Office Box 11, Yorktown, Indiana 47396.

Nominations are also being accepted electronically via email. Send to jdavis [at] amsat [dot] org.

As many as two alternate directors may also be elected. Alternate directors serve one-year terms.

This is Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

(AMSAT NEWS SERVICE)00 local time and on 7088 kHz at 0900 local time. There are also broadcasts at 0900 local time on 14130 kHz and 3582kHz.

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HAM EXEMPTION RESTORED TO PENNSYLVANIA HANDS-FREE LAW

JIM/ANCHOR: Ham radio operators who are driving in Pennsylvania are to be exempted after all from a new distracted-driving law, following outcry from amateurs that a previous version of the proposed law lacked protection for them. An exemption for hams had been stripped out of the language during the legislative process but, according to news reports, it was recently restored. Following the bill's passage by the state's House of Representatives, it was expected to be sent to the governor, who is to sign it into law.

(EHAM, ARRL)

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SILENT KEY TRIBUTE INSTALLED OUTSIDE VOA MUSEUM

JIM/ANCHOR: Visitors to the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting may want to take note of a recently installed memorial plaque that honors a local Silent Key. It is a gesture of gratitude from the West Chester Amateur Radio Association, WC8VOA. We hear more on this story from Jack Parker W8ISH.

JACK: Cincinnati-area dentist Roger Higley, W8CRK, was devoted to amateur radio and his extensive collection of vintage and current equipment was testimony to that great love. Roger became a Silent Key in March of 2021 at age 82 due to COVID-19, leaving behind his vast collection. Members of the West Chester Amateur Radio Association were able to help his daughters with the sale of the contents of their father's shack. The club installed some of the remaining equipment along with his 60-foot aluminum tilt tower at its headquarters at the museum. Proceeds from the sale of some of the equipment were then used to add a new Mosley antenna and rotor. The club president, Mark, KE8CIE, said the tower, which is behind the VOA building, has a plaque honoring Roger and the generosity of his family.

Meanwhile, his family is paying tribute in a way that would no doubt make Roger proud. According to Mark, two of Roger's three daughters are now licensed hams - and one of them has obtained his old callsign.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.

(FACEBOOK, MARK, KE8CIE)

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NOMINATE THE NEXT YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR

JIM/ANCHOR: We're getting closer to the deadline time for this year's Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year award. Let Newsline know of any promising young amateurs who are deserving of this honor. Candidates must live in the continental United States and be 18 years of age or younger. Tell our judges about your nominee's talent, promise and commitment to the spirit of ham radio. This is your chance to help honor and acknowledge that person who will, no doubt, go on to teach and inspire others. Find the nomination form on our website arnewsline.org under the "AWARDS" tab. Nominations close on May 31st.

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OPENWEBRX PROJECTS RECEIVE AMATEUR RADIO SOFTWARE AWARD

JIM/ANCHOR: The recipients of this year's Amateur Radio Software Award have been announced and we learn who they are from Sel Embee KB3TZD.

SEL: The fifth annual Amateur Radio Software Award has been awarded to the hams behind two innovative open-source software projects: OpenWebRX and OpenWebRX+

The projects and their developers are being honored with the international award for providing innovative, free and open software that enhances amateur radio.

The leader of the OpenWebRX project is Jakob Ketterl DD5JFK. OpenWebRX can be operated from any web browser on a computer with network access and has no need for additional client software. The SDR receiver was designed with a simple interface to make it easy for inexperienced people to experience HF reception.

The leader of the OpenWebRX+ project is Marat Fayzullin, KC1TXE. OpenWebRX+ is Linux software that contains various decoders to be used with OpenWebRx, providing access to SSTV, AIS, CW and RTTY. It is considered a fork of the OpenWebRX project, which means it uses the source code of the original project to expand upon it.

This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.

(ARSA AWARD.COM; RICH GORDON KØEB)

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WORLD OF DX

In the World of DX, listen for Chris, WA7RAR using the callsign 8P9CB from Barbados, IOTA Number NA-021, until the 26th of May. He is operating portable and activating POTA sites. Listen for him on 20 through 10 metres using CW and SSB. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Rolf, DO4RKR, will be active as 8Q7KR from the Maldives, IOTA Number AS-013, from the 19th through to the 31st of May. He will be operating SSB on 10 metres only, running 30 watts. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

Listen for Team TM80DD from the 1st through to the 16th of June using CW, SSB and the digital modes on all bands. The operators are marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

The callsign 9M4VM will be used by a group of hams operating from Pulau Besar in West Malaysia, IOTA Number AS-097, from the 31st of May to the 2nd of June. Listen on 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres where they will be using CW and SSB. QSL directly to 9M2HUS.

(425 DX BULLETIN)

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KICKER: RECALLING THE MORSE CODE MIMICS OF THE US MILITARY

JIM/ANCHOR: Our final story this week is no illusion but the story itself deals with some of the greatest masters of illusion in the US military during wartime. We hear more from Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.

RALPH: The 23rd Headquarters Special Troops - members of the "Ghost Army" - were the magicians of the military whose efforts went well beyond the inflatable cannons, tanks and trucks - or other tools of trickery - contained in arsenal to confound the enemy. The top-secret unit's 82 officers and 1,023 soldiers were experts who used visual, sonic and radio trickery to render realism to fictional military maneuvers. Like the impersonators of the entertainment world who can recreate the voice and personal style of some celebrities, some of the troops learned to do the same with CW. The unit's Signal Company Special adopted the rhythm and signature touch of certain enemy soldiers' fists, modifying their radios' sounds as well and then transmitting on enemy frequencies with their bogus messages. In that guise, they sent scripted reports and created fake traffic nets designed to be intercepted by German intelligence and send their military off course.

Ham radio, of course, hopes to keep things real -- our nets as well as our QSOs. This documentary is an eloquent reminder, however, of how radio can help change the course of history, whether in war or peace.

This is Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.

(WNG.ORG, PBS, GHOSTARMY.COM)

FRIDAY EDITION: The big one has started in Xenia, Ohio today thru Sunday, same thing as Hosstraders but a lot bigger scale. I believe W5KUB is streaming live each day on youtube...

Email regarding amps:

Hi Jon,
I am guessing that Ameritron ALS-606 600W 160-6M Solid State is just charging less than ACOM.
When I first started with ham radio I was looking at the ICOM 600S Solid State, but I am guessing with them in Bulgaria & HRO dropping them...
RM ITALY BLA600 Solid State Amplifiers. $2,799.99
ACOM 700S Solid State 1.8-54 MHz Linear Amplifiers 700S-120  $3,934.99
MercuryIIIS Full Assembled + Full Warranty Total price $2,799 + Shipping  ( Best Value for $$$$ )
ICOM IC-PW2 HF/50 MHz ALL Band 1 kW Linear Amplifier ( still missing in action 2 years later )
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ARRL Systems Service Disruption (HACKED)

We are in the process of responding to a serious incident involving access to our network and headquarters-based systems. Several services, such as Logbook of The World® and the ARRL Learning Center, are affected. Please know that restoring access is our highest priority, and we are expeditiously working with outside industry experts to address the issue. We appreciate your patience.

This story will be updated with new developments.

UK-based Malayali ham travels to Marconi’s hill, cracks radio amateurs’ North American riddle...

It was in November 2022 that the UK wing of AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) launched what looked like an impossible challenge. An award was announced for the first amateur radio operator or ham who could, from anywhere in North America, establish two-way contact with another ham living in Europe or Asia or any place where the satellite QO-100 has coverage. This was daunting because North America does not fall within the range or 'footprint' of QO-100, the first and only geostationary satellite (a Ayyappan R Published: May 16, 2024 06:12 AM IST satellite that moves along with the Earth and, therefore, seems fixed) for radio amateurs. It was jokingly said that it would have been easier for someone with a mobile phone to travel to Mars and connect with friends on Earth.

No one was willing to take up the challenge for over one and a half years. And then a UK-based independent IT consultant, Ravi Gopan, with roots in Thiruvananthapuram, flew across the Atlantic from Reading in the UK to the Canadian island called Newfoundland last week. He carried his equipment -- a VHF Transceiver, a self-made Transverter to convert VHF signals and dish antennae -- to the extreme east of the island, to its capital city St John's. There he found a rental balcony overlooking the Atlantic at a place called Petty Harbour, where DC's highest-grossing film Aquaman was shot, and installed his wares. North American challenge QO-100, placed right above the African Continent, covers the whole of Africa, East Europe, the United Kingdom, West Asia, India, half of China and Russia and the eastern projection of South America that includes Brazil. Except for a portion of Greenland, the entire North American continent – Mexico, the United States of America and Canada – is out of QO-100's horizon or coverage area. Ravi Gopan at Signal Hill, from where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal.

 As a consequence, hams in New York or Washington or Toronto or Mexico City are not able to use the only geostationary satellite put up in space exclusively for amateur radio operators. Q stands for Qatar as the Loading... satellite was placed in orbit by a Qatar satellite company and 'O' stands for OSCAR (Orbiting Satellite Carrying Amateur Radio). The challenge was to make QO-100 work for North America. Transatlantic triumph On May 11, after two days of trial and testing, Gopan posted on X: "It's done! Thanks everyone for your patience..." Seated outside the footprint of QO-100, Gopan established computer contact with David (call sign – GOMRF), a ham living right across the Atlantic Ocean in southwest London, a place within the satellite's footprint."I was constantly in touch with David before I flew down here as he is an expert in this field. So it was him I first contacted," Gopan said from St John's. The contact was through a computer, using a digital communication mode called FT-8. After David, Gopan contacted 150-plus stations around the world, including in India. For instance Manoj (call sign -- VU2CPL) from Bangalore and Gopan (VU2XTO) from Kochi. And for good measure, he contacted 70 other stations using Morse Code.

Next day, May 12, AMSAT-UK posted on X: "On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Gopan VO1/M0XUU succeeded in making the first contact from North America through the #AmateurRadio QO-100 geostationary satellite transponder located at 26° East." (M0XUU is Gopan's UK call sign. VO1 is the prefix allocated to him for working in Canada. His Indian call sign is VU3HPF) Loading... Gopan chose St John's as it was the North American landmass closest to the farthest edge of the QO-100 horizon."It was the place where the possibility of success was the highest," Gopan said. In ham language, St John's is minus 0.9 degrees below horizon. A satellite's horizon, like the one seen from the shore, is the edge of QO100's footprint or coverage area. Since Earth has a curvature, anything outside the 'horizon' will seem below it."Now that we know that contact can be established from outside the satellite's footprint, those coming after me can try to connect through the satellite from places that are minus two or three or five degrees below horizon," Gopan said. Takeaways from the challenge Gopan's success has offered two insights. One, if there is no obstruction and there is a clear view above the sea, radio signals can travel beyond the fixed boundaries of the satellite."

A satellite's footprint is not really a closed border or a strict cut-off as was originally thought," Gopan said. Two, about the nature of propagation of super high-frequency waves. Signals from the satellite propagate at a frequency of 10 gigahertz (GHz) and the signals to the satellite operate at 2.4 GHz."We have not fully understood how it works outside the footprint. But one thing is clear, some ducting is taking place above the ocean or else the signals would have been cut at the edge of the horizon and failed to reach us," Gopan said. In simple terms, ducting is a process by which radio signals are protectively guided or carefully ushered through an atmospheric duct or tunnel.

"There are many islands far outside the footprint where conditions look propitious. I hope others would give these places a try," Gopan said. Marconi boon Gopan came to St John’s looking for a spot that offered him the best chance of success. But in doing so he came overwhelmingly close to the spiritual abode of radio enthusiasts: Signal Hill. The hill is just 12 km east of the place from where he won the North American challenge. On this hill, one-and-a-quarter century ago, Guglielmo Marconi, the Italian physicist who invented the radio, received the first transatlantic wireless signal from Poldhu Point, some 3500km across the Atlantic in South Cornwall, England

[Alex R2AUK] has been busy creating version two of a homebrew all-band ham radio transceiver. The unit has a number of features you don’t always see in homebrew radios. It covers the 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10 meter bands. The receiver is a single-IF design with AGC. The transmitter provides up to 10W for CW and 5W for single sideband operations. There’s a built-in keyer, too. A lot of the documentation is in Russian (including the video below, which is part of a playlist). But translation tools are everywhere, so if you don’t speak Russian, you can still probably figure it out.

The VFO for both transmit and receive is an Si5351. The transmit chain is straightforward. The receiver reuses many of the same filters.

Like many projects these days, an attractive 3D-printed case gives the radio a polished look. If you prefer using a straight key to a keyer, the transmitter will use either. The microphone amplifier has built-in compression for good audio levels.

If you don’t want to roll your own, you can get similar ham gear that is ready-built. If you want to go minimal. we’ve seen a less-capable transceiver built with only seven transistors.

THURSDAY EDITION:

How do they justify this price for 600 watts??????

Hamvention returns to Greene County this weekend, drawing visitors from around the world

XENIA — The community is getting ready for one of the biggest amateur radio events of the year.

“We have friends coming in from the Middle East, we got friends coming in from all over Europe, South America, Canada, Japan. We’ve had people from China come,” Michael Kalter, Hamvention spokesperson said.

Kalter said they expect thousands of new faces to appear in Xenia for the first time.

Kalter said they expect to see 35,000 people.

“I don’t know quite yet if we’ll reach it but we very well could,” he said.

He and the 700 volunteers are ready for it.

At the Fairgrounds Tuesday, vendors were rolling out carpet, setting up tables, and getting their equipment ready.

“Vendors have lots of demonstrations and everybody is pretty willing to talk and share the latest technology they might have,” Kalter said.

Hamvention runs from Friday and Sunday.

ICEMARC plans ham radio tribute to Jimmy Stewart (Indiana)

On Saturday, ICEMARC, the Indiana County emergency preparedness ham radio group, again will transmit about the legacy of Jimmy Stewart.

Outside the entrance to the Jimmy Stewart Museum along Ninth and Philadelphia streets, ICEMARC will connect with amateur radio operators from around the world.

They’ll transmit all day in remembrance of Jimmy Stewart, his virtues, his legendary film career and his character.

The club expects ham radio operators from all continents to connect with the local team to trade information, call signs and contact information.

Read more – Indiana Gazette: https://bit.ly/3UFn5cN

Gisborne ‘hams’ celebrate impossible achievement of 100 years ago (New Zealand)

Gisborne amateur radio operator Ivan O’Meara was making waves 100 years ago when he made the first radio contact across the Pacific Ocean to a fellow “ham” 10,000 kilometres away in Argentina.

O’Meara’s achievement was reported not just in the Poverty Bay Herald but in international newspapers including the New York Times, which said the achievement was “claimed to be a world’s amateur radio record”.

Gisborne Amateur Radio Club is commemorating the historic event at its radio rooms at EIT Tairāwhiti Te Pūkenga on the corner of Palmerston Rd and Derby St on Saturday.

The open day runs from 10.30am to 1pm and all interested members of the public are warmly invited.

Read more – New Zealand Herald: https://bit.ly/44GIirj

WEDNESDAY EDITION: WWV DAMAGED IN STORM........Ebay day at the club this morning, a 60-900 mhz scanner and perhaps an Icom vhf-uhf all mode transceiver......Bruins escaped last night with a win to probably lose the next one.....Celtics can close out the series next game if they all come to play.....The greatest sharpshooters of all time

Hamvention just days away

XENIA — Dayton Hamvention, the largest amateur radio convention in the world, will take place at the Greene County Fairgrounds May 17-19.

Since 1952, Hamvention has been sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). RCA members play a prominent role in many aspects of and in leading this outstanding annual event. Approximately 35,000 attendees enjoy technical programs, industry vendor booths, educational activities, a huge flea market, and other opportunities to learn about and share their interests in radio and wireless communications.

The weekend extravaganza is focused on amateur radio but involves much more. You will see Nobel laureates, company presidents, researchers, academics, radio operators, and myriad people in a casual setting. You never know who you will meet or bump shoulders with.

For more information, visit https://hamvention.org/.

Skywarn program provides ‘ground truth’ in severe weather

Amateur radio operators, weather enthusiasts can take part in free May 20 training in Fayetteville

Like a lot of meteorologists, Nick Petro’s fascination with the weather began early in his childhood.

Today, as the warning coordination meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Raleigh office, he’s readying himself for a trip to Fayetteville to meet with other weather enthusiasts to teach them the skill of storm spotting. 

His primary audience shares another of his enthusiasms: amateur radio. Like the members of the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society, which organized the training session, Petro is a ham radio operator.

The free training program Petro will lead, set for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 20, is Skywarn, a national network utilizing NWS-trained volunteers to provide on-the-ground spotter reports during periods of extreme weather, particularly severe thunderstorms.

“It’s really all about reporting ground truth when it comes to severe weather — the ground truth, what people are experiencing, back to the National Weather Service,” Petro told CityView. “When we issue our warnings, we're making a lot of assumptions based on radar, and radar tells us what's happening in the sky. People will tell us what’s happening on the ground.”  

The training program teaches a variety of skills, including understanding how severe storms develop and evolve and providing insight into advancements in NWS’s technology. Based on unique radar signatures, enhanced tech helps the weather pros provide differentiation between weather phenomena such as hail, rain, and tornadoes. But it’s not quite a substitute for eyewitnesses.

The NWS partners with many local ham radio clubs and groups, according to Petro.

“I'm an amateur radio operator myself and, you know, have been for quite some time,” he said. “In fact, I've never known an amateur radio operator who was not a weather enthusiast. So the two go hand in hand. Of our 3,000 weather spotters that we have here in central North Carolina alone, probably about 1,000 of them are ham radio operators.” 

In the 90-minute class, Petro will teach about topics such as how to discern  between funnel clouds and tornadoes, and about the definition of severe storms. 

“You know, what makes an ordinary storm different than a severe storm?” he said. “What are the criteria? So if you see a tree down, if you see hail of a certain size … if you're traveling and you see roads that are flooded or impassable or barricaded … what exactly is it that we want to be alerted about? What is it that we want to get a phone call about? Those are some of the things that we teach in the class.”

Spotters complement weather warning programs by verifying through radar data what NWS meteorologists anticipate will happen. Many Skywarn spotters are affiliated with organizations within communities, such as clubs like the Cape Fear Amateur Radio Society.

Rod MacLean, the vice president of CFARS, said the effort to partner with the National Weather Service reflects the club’s motto — “Volunteers for Emergency Communication” — and allows it to become a Skywarn Club.

“One of the problems in providing assistance in an emergency today is the bureaucratic requirements required,” he said. “By becoming a Skywarn Club, all we need is for our club members to be registered Skywarn observers, and to train on our net how to view, record and transmit Skywarn data.”

CFARS members’ advantage is using ham radio equipment, including club repeaters — devices that help boost or retransmit poor signals — already in place.  

“The members of the club decided that this is the best way for us to go ahead and keep our motto alive,” MacLean said. “By becoming a Skywarn Club, we not only meet our own motto but provide Cumberland County a voice in Skywarn, too.”

The need is real. The U.S. sees about 10,000 severe thunderstorms, 5,000 floods and more than 1,000 tornadoes in any given year. Trained Skywarn volunteers devote thousands of hours — using their personal vehicles and radio equipment — to give the communities in which they live a tangible heads-up when bad weather bears down.

Case in point: Skywarn spotters were active during the severe outbreak in late April that produced more than 100 tornadoes across the midwest. On April 26, the severe weather led the NWS’s office in Omaha, Nebraska, to issue 48 tornado warnings — the most the office has ever issued in a single day.  When bad weather comes in waves, trained volunteer spotters can confirm what NWS meteorologists see indicated on radar and enhance the accuracy of warnings.

The NWS attributes a significant decrease in the death rate from tornadoes and other severe weather to the Skywarn program’s civilian volunteers and the work they do before severe weather strikes, during storms, and after the skies clear. About 400,000 severe weather spotters have been trained so far, many through ham radio clubs.

Petro emphasized that Skywarn is rooted in safety — for those in the path of severe weather, but also for the volunteer spotters. Spotters aren’t storm chasers, and they’re expected expressly not to put themselves in harm’s way. 

“We’re not teaching people to chase storms,” he said. “This isn't a storm-chasing program. Rather, we teach people how to stay safe. When severe weather strikes, seek shelter first, and then when the storm is over, if there was any damage near or at your location, we just simply ask you to call the National Weather Service and report it to us. Kind of in a nutshell, that's what Skywarn is all about.

An ideal spotter, Petro said, is “anyone with an interest in weather.” But NWS also trains law enforcement officials and first responders.

“But quite honestly, anybody with an interest in weather is the kind of person who would think about the role of a Skywarn spotter,” he said.

Monday’s 90-minute training is geared toward CFARS members, but there’s limited space for guests. To make a reservation, call Rod MacLean at 910-977-0248; the training begins at 7 p.m. at Peace Presbyterian Church at 3203 Ramsey St.

 

 

TUESDAY EDITION: Mike- N1XW appears to be on a major road trip across the US, have fun!....nothing new here, I have to put a new solenoid in my tractor this morning and take a look at the boat and maybe take the cover off....low key..

HamSCI to Present Initial Eclipse Findings at Hamvention

HamSCI will be playing a major role at the 2024 Dayton Hamvention.  It will be held in Xenia, Ohio May 17-18-19, 2024 at the Greene County Fairgrounds.  It is the world’s largest ham radio gathering, having over 30,000 attendees in 2023. The Hamvention, sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), is an extremely important event for engaging with the amateur radio community, sharing ideas, developing collaborations, and sharing scientific results. The Hamvention 2024 theme is Expanding Our Community, an excellent fit for HamSCI’s goals.  HamSCI will be hosting Booth 5008 in the Hertz Building, giving presentations in the ARISS/YOTA area and hosting the HamSCI Forum..  Support for the 2024 HamSCI Hamvention activities comes from The University of Scranton, the Yasme FoundationTAPR, the National Science FoundationNASA, and volunteers like you. 

HamSCI will be in Booth 5008, next to TAPR, in Building 5, the Hertz Building (map below).  Stop by to learn about HamSCI’s mission, our space weather projects and how you can play a role in our citizen science activities.  HamSCI members will be hard to miss – just look for our white lab coats!

Read more (with Hamvention schedule) – HamSCI: https://hamsci.org/hamsci-at-2024-hamvention

ARRL Learning Center Features Two New Emergency Communication Training Courses

ARRL has released two new courses to train emergency communications (EmComm) operators for volunteering within the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Both courses are within the ARRL Learning Center.

The Basic EmComm course is designed to get a new volunteer started. It provides basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer and contains three modules and 11 topics, including required prerequisites. It's expected to take approximately 10 - 20 hours to complete.

The Intermediate EmComm course builds on the lessons learned in the first course and equips volunteer radio amateurs with the tools needed to thrive in the fast-paced environment of public service communications and to understand the legal rights and responsibilities of working with a served agency, as well as teach them and how ham radio fits into the broader incident command (IC) structure.  

The new courses replace the previous EC-001 and EC-016 programs, however, certificates of completion earned for the previous courses are still valid. "Training is not a one-and-done thing. Throughout my firefighting and emergency management career, we were constantly taking new courses to reinforce existing knowledge and introduce new concepts," said ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV. "Engaged volunteers should want to stay up to date on advances in the science of emergency communications. I'd even encourage veteran operators to take the new courses."  

In 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) revised the Guide for National Emergency Preparedness to specifically include amateur radio. ARRL and FEMA entered into a new Memoranda of Understanding in May 2023 that outlined the importance of trained radio amateurs within the response ecosystem.  

"Amateur radio is as important as ever in emergency management," said Johnston. "The new courses will keep hams trained to serve effectively."  

The ARRL Learning Center at learn.arrl.org is a member benefit and features many ways to get the most out of your amateur radio license. The Basic and Intermediate EmComm courses are available to anyone with a free www.arrl.org account. Users must log in to the ARRL Learning Center with this account, and functionality of the site relies on cookies being enabled.

 

MONDAY EDITION: If the guy above had ham radio as a hobby, he wouldn't need a tan. He wouldn't be able to afford fuel for the tractor.....On Saturday, May 11, 2024, Gopan VO1/M0XUU (VU3HPF) succeeded in making the first contact from North America through the amateur radio QO-100 geostationary satellite transponder located at 26° East. ARTICLE..

This Month's Stiff: Major Edwin Howard Armstrong

Entered Mortal Coil: 18 December 1890

Assumed Room Temperature: 31 January 1954

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Major Armstrong: Inventor, Ham, Patriot

We radio amateurs (and the rest of the world, for that matter), owe a great debt of gratitude to this month's Dead Electrical Dude, Major Edwin Howard Armstrong. Howard's inventions form the basis for all modern radio communications devices. Indeed, the list of Howard's accomplishments is impressive. Unfortunately, Howard spent the latter part of his life in endless patent battles. In many people's opinion, including this writer's, these battles ultimately drove Howard to commit suicide. An in-depth discussion of the myriad legal wranglings is beyond the scope of this discussion. However, we will touch briefly on the landmarks of this pioneer's career and his troubles:

1913: Armstrong modified Deforest's triode amplifier tube circuit by feeding the output into the input, resulting in amplification of a radio signal thousands of time. If driven still further, the circuit acted as an oscillator. Armstrong termed this method of amplification as regeneration. Deforest sued in court and ultimately won via a faulty ruling after 20 years. However, the scientific community generally regards Armstrong as the true inventor of regeneration.

1917: Armstrong joined the Army's Signal Corps in World War I as a Captain, ultimately being promoted to the rank of Major. Armstrong developed the superheterodyne radio circuit as a solution to the problem of intercepting German tactical communications on the battlefield. Armstrong applied for a patent of the revolutionary superheterodyne circuit in 1919. All modern radio receivers utilize some version of this circuit.

1933: Armstrong applied for and was granted four patents on circuits that established wideband high fidelity frequency modulation, or FM. RCA and other manufacturers began using many of Armstrong's circuits after World War II without permission, resulting in an unbroken string of patent infringement litigation.

1954: Armstrong, in the pit of despair after being left by his wife following a violent argument, commits suicide by walking out of a 13th story window.

1967: Marion Armstrong, after many years of litigation, wins a legal settlement against Motorola. This was the last lawsuit. Marion and her lawyers won every suit that was pending after Edwin's death.

It is interesting to note that Armstrong was quite a fixture at RCA prior to the start of his patent troubles. Armstrong once climbed a radio tower on the corporate headquarters building and did handstands on the large globe on top in order to impress Marion; he loved heights and was temporarily banned from the property by the head of RCA, David Sarnoff. Sarnoff was annoyed at what he termed "damn fool" stunts. Sarnoff befriended Armstrong, and had earlier introduced the inventor to his secretary, Marion, whom Armstrong would later marry. Little did Armstrong know that Sarnoff would in later years figuratively stick a knife in his back for the sake of corporate profits and convenience.

Philip Neidlinger

KA4KOE

Engineers Embrace Repair Culture as New Law Takes Shape in California

Last fall, California passed SB 244, otherwise known as the Right to Repair law, which requires tech manufacturers in the state to provide tools, parts and documents that consumers or repair shops need to service or fix devices.

Though the legislation doesn’t go into effect until July, Cal Poly engineers have already embraced repairability to help cut down on e-waste and improve sustainability.

Mechanical engineering student Claire Franz is studying why consumers dispose of membrane computer keyboards instead of repairing them. Franz, who is earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees concurrently, felt inspired to tackle this concept in her master’s thesis after an internship with iFixit, a repair expertise hub for consumer electronics founded by Cal Poly alumni.

Read more – https://bit.ly/3QGvknz

Spend an Hour in the Virtual Radio Museum

You have an hour to kill, and you like old communication technology. If you happen to be in Windsor, Connecticut, you could nip over to the Vintage Radio and Communication Museum. If you aren’t in Windsor, you could watch [WG7D’s] video tour, which you can see below.

The museum is a volunteer organization and is mostly about radio, although we did spy some old cameras if you like that sort of thing. There was also a beautiful player piano that — no kidding — now runs from a vacuum cleaner.

One notable piece of gear was an old tube tester of the sort you used to see in pharmacies, and the guide mentioned that they have 100,000 tubes in storage! If you are a ham radio operator, you’ll appreciate the vintage code gear and teletypes. The amount of old gear here is impressive, including unusual record players, movie theater projectors, and lots more.

The guides are clearly not used to having someone like [WG7D] in the museum as they explained things like Morse code and magic eye tubes. If you happen to be in the area, we are sure a real tour would be better than a video, but we did enjoy the virtual visit, too.

WEEKEND EDITION: Great day to celebrate all the mom's out there, I sure gave my mother a run for her  money...

ARRL Learning Center Features Two New Emergency Communication Training Courses

ARRL has released two new courses to train emergency communications (EmComm) operators for volunteering within the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Both courses are within the ARRL Learning Center.

The Basic EmComm course is designed to get a new volunteer started. It provides basic knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer and contains three modules and 11 topics, including required prerequisites. It's expected to take approximately 10 - 20 hours to complete.

The Intermediate EmComm course builds on the lessons learned in the first course and equips volunteer radio amateurs with the tools needed to thrive in the fast-paced environment of public service communications and to understand the legal rights and responsibilities of working with a served agency, as well as teach them and how ham radio fits into the broader incident command (IC) structure.  

The new courses replace the previous EC-001 and EC-016 programs, however, certificates of completion earned for the previous courses are still valid. "Training is not a one-and-done thing. Throughout my firefighting and emergency management career, we were constantly taking new courses to reinforce existing knowledge and introduce new concepts," said ARRL Director of Emergency Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV. "Engaged volunteers should want to stay up to date on advances in the science of emergency communications. I'd even encourage veteran operators to take the new courses."  

In 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) revised the Guide for National Emergency Preparedness to specifically include amateur radio. ARRL and FEMA entered into a new Memoranda of Understanding in May 2023 that outlined the importance of trained radio amateurs within the response ecosystem.  

"Amateur radio is as important as ever in emergency management," said Johnston. "The new courses will keep hams trained to serve effectively."  

The ARRL Learning Center at learn.arrl.org is a member benefit and features many ways to get the most out of your amateur radio license. The Basic and Intermediate EmComm courses are available to anyone with a free www.arrl.org account. Users must log in to the ARRL Learning Center with this account, and functionality of the site relies on cookies being enabled.

Why tonight’s massive solar storm could disrupt communications and GPS systems

Washington (CNN) — Buckle up: An unusual amount of solar activity this week could disrupt some of the most important technologies society relies on.

On Thursday, the US government issued its first severe geomagnetic storm watch in nearly 20 years, advising the public of “at least five earth-directed coronal mass ejections” as well as sunspots covering an area 16 times wider than the earth itself. A severe geomagnetic storm, or G4, is the second-highest grade in the US government’s classification system.

Radiation from this activity began to hit the earth’s magnetic field on Friday and will last through the weekend, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Friday evening, NOAA upgraded the storm to G5 or “extreme,” marking the first such event since October 2003.

NOAA’s warning of extreme space weather suggests the storm could trigger numerous effects for life on earth, possibly affecting the power grid as well as satellite and high frequency radio communications. Here’s what that means for technology users.

Communications impacts

The solar activity NOAA’s talking about involves the release of energy from the sun that travels through space and eventually reaches Earth.

When that radiation hits the magnetic sphere surrounding the planet, it causes fluctuations in the ionosphere, a layer of the upper atmosphere.

Those changes can directly affect satellites and other spacecraft in orbit, altering their orientation or potentially knocking out their electronics.

Moreover, the changes to the ionosphere can block or degrade radio transmissions trying to pass through the atmosphere to reach satellites. And they can also prevent radio transmissions from successfully bouncing off the ionosphere — which some radio operators normally do to increase the range of their signals.

Since GPS satellites depend on signals penetrating the ionosphere, the geomagnetic disturbance scientists are expecting could affect that critical technology used by planes, ocean-going vessels, and in the agriculture and oil and gas industries. And it could affect shortwave radio transmissions used by ships and aircraft, emergency management agencies, the military and even ham radio operators, all of whom rely on the high frequency radio airwaves that NOAA says could be scattered by the storm.

“Geomagnetic storms can impact infrastructure in near-Earth orbit and on Earth’s surface, potentially disrupting communications, the electric power grid, navigation, radio and satellite operations,” NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center said in a release. “SWPC has notified the operators of these systems so they can take protective action.”

What about your cellphone?

Consumer wireless networks rely on different radio frequencies than the high frequency band, so it appears unlikely that the storm will directly affect cellular service. The GPS features on your phone also typically use a mix of pure GPS and cellular tower-based location tracking, so even if GPS signals are disrupted, phone users may still be able to maintain a rough location fix.

So long as the underlying electrical infrastructure that supports wireless networks remains unaffected, even an extreme space weather event should result in “minimal direct impact to public safety line of-sight radio and commercial cellular services … and no first-order impact to consumer electronic devices,” according to researchers summarizing the findings of a 2010 study of extreme space weather conducted by NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency outlined a similar report in a 2021 presentation on space weather, finding that line-of-sight radio transmissions are generally not affected by space weather except in specific situations. The presentation did note some risks for copper cables and telephone lines based on land.

FRIDAY EDITION: Cold, miserable start to the day....

GET READY FOR A 'CANNIBAL CME': Multiple CMEs are heading for Earth. A new NOAA forecast model suggests that three of them could merge to form a potent "Cannibal CME."
Cannibal CMEs form when fast-moving CMEs overtake slower CMEs in front of them. Internal shock waves created by such CME collisions do a good job sparking geomagnetic storms when they strike Earth. Cannibal ETA: May 10th or 11th.

SEVERE GEOMAGNETIC STORM WATCH: This weekend's geomagnetic storm watch has been upgraded from G2 (Moderate) to G4 (Severe). Why? Because giant sunspot AR3664 keeps hurling CMEs toward Earth. Following today's X2.2 solar flare, there are now at least 4 storm clouds heading our way.

https://spaceweather.com/

HAMS YOU MIGHT KNOW

 K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
WB1ABC- Ari..Bought an amp and now we can here him on 75 meters, worships his wife, obsessed with Id'ing
N1BOW-Phil...Retired broadcast engineer, confused and gullible, cheap, only uses singl ply toilet paper
KB1OWO- Larry...Handsome Fellow ,only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat connoisseur,
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of Florida
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long
W1HHO- Cal...3941 group
K1MPM- Pete...3941 group
WA1JFX- Russell...3941

SILENT KEYS

Silet Key KA1BXB-Don...Regular on 3900 mornings....just don't mention politics to him, please!
Silent Key N1IOM- 3910 colorful regular
Silent Key WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
Silent Key KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
Silent Key Neil -K1YPM .....a true gentleman
Silent Key K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....